Cape Town to Windhoek

The Details

Type: Accommodated Accommodated
Start: Cape Town South Africa
Length: 7 - 14 Days
End: Windhoek Namibia
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: South Africa Namibia

Tour Dates

2020
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Overview

Best of Namibia Adventure

This 13-day Best of Namibia Adventure Tour from Cape Town to Windhoek meanders through big sky country, Namibia! On departing Cape Town, you will stop to take the quintessential picture of Table Mountain. As you cross into Namibia, take a canoe trip on the Orange River and admire vast untouched desert landscape.

As we venture deeper into the Namib Desert you’ll see the slowly changing landscapes which represents the many faces of this desert country. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes in the west, furthermore watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia. We continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. We travel a section of the famous Skeleton Coast road before we will visit a local Himba tribe. This tour is not complete without a visit to one of the worlds finest game park: Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. We make a brief stop at the craft markets of Okahandja before arriving in Windhoek where this adventure tour unfortunately ends.  

ONE NIGHT PRE-ACCOMMODATION INCLUDED in the Best of Namibia Adventure

What’s included

• All meals which are prepared and served at the Overland truck
• Accommodation
• Qualified crew
• Filtered water
• Transport in the Overland truck
• Included highlights as per the itinerary
• Entrance fees to National Parks.

What’s excluded

• Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, tips)
• Entrance fees (associated with optional activities)
• Souvenirs

This tour has a Comfort Option available.

*2020 Tour price includes the activity package; but excludes single supplement. R29 950.00 per person sharing

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - South Africa – Cederberg Region

Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal

Leaving Cape Town we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay. No road trip is complete without a stop at a traditional “Padstal”, these small farm stalls dot the byways of South Africa and offer a variety of homemade treats and bakes. The Cedarberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cedarberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at our overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Traditional Dinner

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Marcuskraal Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package; Wine tasting

Day 2 - Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River

Route: Citrusdal to Orange River

Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, we travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. No matter the time of year though, the strange desert vistas offer a unique backdrop to this day’s travel.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Felix Unite Cabanas OR Bundi

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River

Route: Orange/Gariep River to Ai-Ais

While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho, the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river. Around midday (after lunch) we depart the Orange River and head inland to our overnight stop. At Ais Ais, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the mineral and sulphur rich hot springs.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Ais-Ais Hot springs

Accommodation

Accommodation:

NWR: Ai Ais Resort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

Route:Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop

We rise early this morning and drive to the rim of the Fish River Canyon. We will have time to watch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon. After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground – named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other – creating rock formations and a series of mazes.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Schutzenhaus Guesthouse

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Namib-Naukluft National Park

Route: Keetmanshoop to Namib Naukluft NP

Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Namib Naukluft Soft Adventure Camp OR Desert Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

Today we will rise early for our drive to the Namib-Naukluft National Park. We will enter the park just after sunrise and travel through to the famous Dune 45. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Sesriem Canyon / Hike up Dune 45, 4x4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Namib Naukluft Soft Adventure Camp OR Desert Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Swakopmund

Route: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund

Our final day in the desert comes to an end as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion. Reluctantly we leave the Namib behind and after a stop to mark our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn, we continue to the Atlantic coastline. We make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, where we hope to catch a glimpse of the flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. Arriving in Swakopmund we will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Walvis Bay Lagoon, Tropic of Capricorn, Guided desert walk with local expert

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Stay@Swakop OR Haus Garnison

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Swakopmund

While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Stay@Swakop OR Haus Garnison

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 – Spitzkoppe to Brandberg

Route: Swakopmund to Brandberg (via Spitzkoppe)

Leaving early, we make our way to the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower 700 metres above the desert plains below. The presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We will enjoy a walk and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art before setting off for our overnight stop for the evening.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Visit and explore Spitzkoppe

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Brandberg White Lady Lodge OR Uis White Lady

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 – Brandberg White Lady

Route: Brandberg to Kamanjab

The Brandberg (Burning Mountains) are regarded as the highest in Namibia and home to the famous White Lady, one of more than 45,000 rock paintings in the area. This morning we will make the ±2-hour return hike to visit the painting that is said to be around 2,000 years old. (Please be advised that the hike does traverse rough terrain along the gorge of the normally dry Tsisab River). After our exploration, our journey continues to the area of Kamanjab. For those who would like to visit an educational centre showcasing the lifestyle of the Himba Tribe, you will have the opportunity to book an optional excursion this afternoon.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Brandberg White Lady hike

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Melissa’s Guesthouse

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Etosha National Park

Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park

Rising early this morning we drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. This afternoon we reach the park and begin with our first game drive as we make our way to the rest camp.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Afternoon game drive

Accommodation

Accommodation:

NWR: Halali

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - Etosha National Park

Route: Etosha National Park

Our second day in Etosha allows for a full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. We explore the edges of the Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occur in the park.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Full day game drive

Accommodation

Accommodation:

NWR: Okaukuejo

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 - Windhoek

Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek

It is an early rise as we take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Upon arrival in Windhoek, we will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some of its better known landmarks. Your tour will come to an end after the walk.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Walk through Windhoek with your guide

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

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